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Dairy Goat and Sheep Operations in the Southeast Production Guide

Preface
Dairy goat and sheep production is one of the fastest-growing agricultural industries in Alabama and the Southeast in general. This guide offers a general overview of the industry along with best management practices. It was …

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Biology and Management of Bermudagrass Stem Maggot

The bermudagrass stem maggot has become a pest for cattlemen and hay producers across the Southeast. Learn control measures and strategies for mitigating damage.

If your bermudagrass hayfield has a frosted appearance (figur…

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Nutrient Requirements of Sheep and Goats

The right nutrition provided at the right stage is essential to the profitable production of sheep and goats. It is needed to produce a high-percentage crop, to wean heavy animals, and to develop satisfactory flock replacements. The…

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Guide to Picking a Good Tree

The #1 problem in tree selection is root defects in container grown trees.

To Picking a Good Tree
Buying a tree is a livestock purchase. Think about it. You are buying a living organism. Your money well spent depends on the tree bei…

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Stop Cogongrass Hitchhikers

Cogongrass is an aggressive weed that is rapidly spreading across Alabama and the Southeast. Learn important steps you can take to slow the spread of this environmental invader.

Cogongrass (Imperata cylindrica) is a noxious…

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Good Use of Integrated Pest Management

…lso around the field. Weeds surrounding the field may harbor insects and disease. Those areas around the field may be a good place to try trap crops.
Trap Cropping
Trap cropping has great potential and is done on commercial farms and home…

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Talking with Kids About Daddy Going to Jail

Going to jail can cause confusion for many fathers and their children. Remember that although you will not be physically present in your child’s day-to-day life, you are still a parent and can continue to play an important role in your ch…

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Moms to Be: Where Does the Weight Go?

All pregnant women need to gain weight during pregnancy. This weight gain is needed for the proper development of your baby and for the added growth of the uterus, breasts, blood, and other fluids and tissues needed to support your baby.

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Soil Descriptions and Plant Selections for the Montgomery/Prattville/Wetumpka Area

Urban development in parts of Montgomery, Autauga, and Elmore counties in Central Alabama has occurred on a diversity of soils unlike any other region of the South. Soils in the Montgomery/Prattville/ Wetumpka metropolitan area include sand…

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Value-Added Products Utilizing Goat and Sheep Milk

Using surplus milk from goats and sheep can help to boost your personal or business revenue.
Introduction
Value-added products can help you to boost your business or personal revenue. For example, surplus milk from goats and sheep, whethe…

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Composting Good for Environment and Homeowners

AUBURN UNIVERSITY, Ala. – Alabama produces around 2.6 million tons of solid waste every year. Roughly 20 percent of that amount is made up of lawn and garden wastes – grass clippings, leaves, tree and/or shrub prunings, home garden refuse…

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Food and Water Safety When the Power Goes Out

… ice. As soon as the power returns, check if food has been kept at below 40° F.

Keeping Food Frozen
When the power goes off, food will remain frozen in your freezer for several hours—maybe as long as several days. If your freezer is …

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Starting a Food Processing Business: Good Manufacturing Practices

…abeling Act. These include labeling, ingredients, preparation, and handling requirements. The FDA offers guidelines for Good Manufacturing Practices in Manufacturing, Packing, and Holding Human Food available at http://www.accessdata. fda.g…

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Housing & Facilities for Dairy Goats

Dairy goats can be successfully maintained in a variety of production systems, including fenced cultivated pastures, fenced uncultivated pastures, and dry lots.

In each of these systems, health and production depend on …

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